Mini Poll: A Jury of our Peers


How often do people who are on trial have a fair and impartial jury?


All of the time:
 5%
Most of the time:
 75%
Occasionally:
 15%
Rarely:
 4%
Never:
 1%

 


Who would you trust more to give a fair verdict?


Judge:
 43%
Jury:
 57%

 


If someone is found guilty, who would you trust more to give a fair sentence?


Judge:
 74%
Jury:
 26%

 


Have you been summoned to jury duty in the last 3 years?


All Respondents:

Yes:
 46%
Yes, more than once:
 21%
No:
 33%

City Residents Only:

Yes:
 56%
Yes, more than once:
 31%
No:
 13%

County Residents Only:

Yes:
 26%
Yes, more than once:
 1%
No:
 73%

 


Have you actually served on a jury in the last 3 years?


All Respondents:

Yes:
 29%
Yes, more than once:
 1%
No:
 70%

City Residents Only:

Yes:
 41%
Yes, more than once:
 1%
No:
 58%

County Residents Only:

Yes:
 6%
Yes, more than once:
 1%
No:
 93%

 


How many days was your last jury service?


All Respondents:

A day or less:
 8%
Two days:
 42%
Three days:
 17%
Four days:
 6%
Five days or more:
 6%
I have never served on a jury:
 21%

City Residents Only:

A day or less:
 7%
Two days:
 55%
Three days:
 17%
Four days:
 5%
Five days or more:
 5%
I have never served on a jury:
 10%

County Residents Only:

A day or less:
 10%
Two days:
 18%
Three days:
 15%
Four days:
 10%
Five days or more:
 6%
I have never served on a jury:
 42%

 


Which of the following statements comes closest to your own opinion about jury duty:


I have served on jury duty before and would eagerly do it again:
 34%
I have served on jury duty before and would do anything legally possible to avoid serving again:
 11%
I have served on jury duty, was disappointed by it, but would do it again only because it is a civic obligation:
 34%
I have never been called for jury duty, so I cannot answer this question:
 21%

 


Do you think the job you do is important enough to be a reason you should not be called for jury duty?


Yes:
 26%
No:
 74%

 


Did your employer pay you while you were on jury duty?


Yes:
 48%
No:
 25%
I have never been called for jury duty:
 13%
I don’t have an employer:
 14%

 


Do you think that being on jury duty for even a day or two is such a financial hardship that you should be excused from serving on a jury?


Yes:
 25%
No:
 75%

 


Did your employer require you to turn over or forfeit your jury duty pay?


Yes:
 15%
No:
 58%
I have never been called for jury duty:
 13%
I don’t have an employer:
 14%

 


Looking at the whole room of people called to serve on a jury, do you think of yourself as better able or less able to understand the evidence and render a fair verdict?


All Respondents:

I am better able:
 49%
I am less able:
 1%
I am about the same as the other people:
 38%
I have never been called for jury duty:
 12%

City Residents Only:

I am better able:
 51%
I am less able:
 0%
I am about the same as the other people:
 44%
I have never been called for jury duty:
 5%

County Residents Only:

I am better able:
 45%
I am less able:
 1%
I am about the same as the other people:
 27%
I have never been called for jury duty:
 28%

 


Did you “dress up” or “dress down” the last time you reported for jury duty?


Up:
 48%
Down:
 34%
I have never been called for jury duty:
 18%

 


Do you live in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, or somewhere else?


City:
 66%
County:
 26%
Somewhere else:
 8%

 


BONUS QUESTION
Should citizens be called to serve in a pool from which Election Day workers are selected, the same way jurors are selected now?


Yes, both are civic responsibilities:
 34%
No:
 42%
No, and jurors shouldn’t be selected that way either:
 25%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.